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Old 08-27-2009, 05:12 PM
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Question How young can you detect hip dysplasia?

I am trying to decide if my next dog will be a rescue or from a breeder. I am wondering what is the youngest age you could go to a good vet with a dog/puppy and get a good Idea whether the dog will have hip dysplasia?
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According to the ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons), " ...Stress radiographs can be used to detect breed susceptibility to hip dysplasia as early as 4 months."

Full article here ... Hip Dysplasia in Dogs/
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According to the ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons), " ...Stress radiographs can be used to detect breed susceptibility to hip dysplasia as early as 4 months."

Full article here ... Hip Dysplasia in Dogs/
Interesting article. Thanks

How about with a regular exam? Could a good vet be able to give you any clue at 4 months with an exam?
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Interesting article. Thanks

How about with a regular exam? Could a good vet be able to give you any clue at 4 months with an exam?

I would think a good vet, with an ortho background, could tell if there were joint laxity, or even uneven muscle development (one side having more than another can be a sign of an early problem, i.e. the pup is favoring one side thus building muscle on the 'stronger' leg). I've worked for a few that had this ability and they were never wrong ...
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From birth on , I was always happy to see pups in a bear rug position .
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From birth on , I was always happy to see pups in a bear rug position .
Funny thing with that ... some will swear that is a sure sign that a dog HAS hip problems!! We had an OFA certified dogs that would frog out like that, and others that wouldn't ... it really depends on muscle mass more than hip conformation.
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From birth on , I was always happy to see pups in a bear rug position .
Lol...Sal still likes to lay like that.
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I would think a good vet, with an ortho background, could tell if there were joint laxity, or even uneven muscle development (one side having more than another can be a sign of an early problem, i.e. the pup is favoring one side thus building muscle on the 'stronger' leg). I've worked for a few that had this ability and they were never wrong ...
I had a few vets with had ortho background believe that Ares was becoming dysplastic. When we took x-rays, we were all quite surprised to find out that his hips look great.
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I had a few vets with had ortho background believe that Ares was becoming dysplastic. When we took x-rays, we were all quite surprised to find out that his hips look great.
There's always that one that stumps everyone! lol
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